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This is a easy way to fix a zipper without replace it. Is really fast too.
It work when the zipper pull can't close the zipper together anymore.
I don't really like to replace zipper because they always come out a little bit wavy when I do.

You can save a jacket, a tent, a sleeping bag and many other item.

IF YOU LIKE IT can you VOTE for me in the FIX IT CONTEST thanks!!
 
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Step 1: WHAT YOU NEED

You need only some pliers.
If the zipper pull is really destroy or is made in plastic you need a new one of the same size. 
I finded one from an old jacket.

Step 2: REMOVE TEETH

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Remove the little iron teeth of the really top of the zipper (on the same side of the jacket where the zipper puller is)

Step 4: ADJUST THE ZIPPER PULL

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(ONLY FOR IRON ZIPPER)

Whit the pliers close the two sides of the zipper pull, try to make it look like the original shape again.

If your zipper pull is not too worn out you can try to close it directly on the zipper, without remove it.

(if it is made out of plastic, if it is too bended or it break doing this you need to find another one of the same size).

Step 5: PUT BACK THE ZIPPER PULL

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Put back the zipper pull. It may take a little bit of time...

Step 6: PUT BACK THE TOOTH

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Put back the iron tooth with the pliers.

Step 7: DONE!

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Done!
Faster than change it!
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smorse116 days ago

OMG, this really works. Based on one of the commnets - I didn't even take the zipper slide off - as it was a tent door zipper. I just squeezed the slide together and it works! Bravo for posting this.

Worked perfect on my old riding jacket! I'm so glad I can wear it again!!!

morlin1 month ago

Awesome! The pictures really make this 'able. We didn't even need to remove the slider -- we just used pliers to reshape it and viola! Zipper success. Love that idea of removing just a tooth making this a no-sew approach.

Thanks for this and congrats on the 1st place win.

tuesday632 months ago

It takes a lot to impress me but I have to say...

I'M IMPRESSED!

Well done and thankyou for sharing.

svirden4 months ago
Wow fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this trick! I fixed a broken jacket after it sat for years in a closet, and your instructions are fabulous.

For others: When I removed the pull, nothing looked wrong or uneven. But since I had nothing to lose, I compressed both sides really well with pliers, reducing the gap that was there. It worked! We've zipped and unzipped 3-4 times and no more problem.

I will have to find a replacement for the tooth, though, because even though the pull is metal the little tooth was made of plastic. For now we know just not to zip all the way closed. THANK YOU!
tuesday63 svirden2 months ago

instead of replacing the metal tooth with another metal tooth, just use a needle and a length of cotton and sew in and out around the edge, placing one stitch right on top of the other. this creates a barrier so the zip won't come off. this method can also be used when you need to shorten a zipper...cut off the excess at the bottom and stitch around and around to create a thick stitch to prevent the zipper pull from moving past that point.

marcellahella (author)  svirden4 months ago

You are welcome! I'm happy it was useful!

If you don't have a replacement tooth you can instead sew to the jacket many little loop until you make a little ball, where the tooth was supposed to be.

Or may be use that tiny tooth that keep the tip of the socks together when you just buy them...

pgrundy15 months ago
This works sweet Thanks. I've tried loads of other tutorials used soap, pencil, gripped the zipper with plyers non worked. This worked really well followed the instructions and Zzzzziiiiippppp! It zipped straight up :)
sadisada7 months ago

very good post save money and less garbage thanks

rchanter7 months ago
sarawelder1 year ago
good post and photos
varenikje1 year ago
I will have to look back on this when I have a zipper to fix. Looks good!
Domoreto1 year ago
IT works. Good instructions.
It is very obvious.
The photo of fixing the zipper pull with the pliers is very good.
Thanks!
Great instructable!
Been having zipper issues recently with the kids clothing, now I know how to fix them.

Regards, Martin.
marcellahella (author)  martincoetzee1 year ago
Thanks! I m really happy people are writing me that!!
fabulous and useful - brilliant - thank you!
marcellahella (author)  shzwilliamson1 year ago
You are welcome!
Griptilian1 year ago
Great way to fix old clothes and sleepingbags :-) ... i have been doing it like that for many years... an additional tip is to spray the whole zipper with silicone oil... it is absolutely amazing how much better it works afterwards ! :-)
marcellahella (author)  Griptilian1 year ago
Thanks, I should try.
For sleeping bags and tents zipper is really useful because the zipper is too long to be changed!
ducster1 year ago
even if it's no prob to loose some teeth at the lower end of the Zipper, just crank 2-3 of them out with the pliers, tear the puller down and off, insert another fitting puller (could be a bit difficult) and zip it upwards. The space caused by the lost teeth had to be replaced by a few stitches of sewing wire?! ;) (Sorry, i'm German and Google could not translate "Nähgarn" :D )
You just made my day, days, years! I've got this old leather jacket that I loved for years, Due to bad financial situation I wasn't able to let it repair, just jused some pliers to repairer it, it worked! THANKS!!!! (Sorry for bad enlisch.).
marcellahella (author)  joeyaustria1 year ago
cool!
Simple but AMAZING!!!! :-) This will save a lot of money! Thanks for sharing!
marcellahella (author)  M.C. Langer1 year ago
And time! You are welcome!
kwhitacre1 year ago
I've done this same thing for 50 years. Your description is very good. I don't bother if the zipper is too far gone (broken teeth or cheap) but it saves the day, for sure. Thanks. I'll vote for you. (Since I do it too, I know how helpful it is.)
marcellahella (author)  kwhitacre1 year ago
Thanks!
Machine1 year ago
Nice job - thanks for showing us.
pcelica071 year ago
Thanks for sharing!:))
Olga1 year ago
That works with a "separable" zipper, but do not on the other ones....
rippa700 Olga1 year ago
With the other ones you have to unstitch the bottom end and put the pull on there and stitch it back up. Still a great 'ible.
marcellahella (author)  rippa7001 year ago
Thanks! that's just what I wanted to write
aebe1 year ago
No more snow flying into my parka ? Warm and dry ? That'll work . :)
whelp1 year ago
Great one Marcella, as winter has set in in South Africa your post just helped me repair my winter jacket, thank you.
Keep safe
koklimabc1 year ago
very fun for This trick to DIY repair by your own.
Nice job with this instructable:) You can buy replacement zipper parts at many major craft and fabric stores. Or just do a search for a zipper repair kit. I've bought a few over the years to replace tent door zipper pulls.
It is always better to repair something than it is to throw it out.
This is a good instructable that covers the "low hanging fruit" of fixing a zipper that refuses to "knit" any more. Good job. Great photos. Nicely explained process. Please keep it up!
redrobin121 year ago
Great Instructable , your photo's are very clear to see and understand, when I think of all the good clothing that I have thrown away because of this very problem !!
Thank you.
foobear1 year ago
yay! finally a solution to this problem!
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